New Super Mario Bros 2 Announced!

This should surprise absolutely nobody given that they distinctly mentioned a 2D Mario platformer in Nintendo’s recent financial statements, but New Super Mario Bros 2 has finally been announced as that Mario game!

The screenshots seem surprisingly good too.  Can you guess what classic power up makes its long awaited return?

Raccoon Mario/Leaf, and he’s flying?  Holy… freaking… wow, there’s even a P Meter at the bottom like in Super Mario Bros 3!  This is one hell of a cool announcement.

We also see this ice level, with some very nice christmasy graphics.  Don’t know why the enemies are gold though, are they new/more powerful species, or is it just for effect?

Invincible Mario in a cave/underground level.  Looks okay (although have you noticed the P Meter seems to only appear when Mario gets a relevant power up?)

Mario can now climb spider webs in the forest world, as he dodges the spiders among hollowed out trees.  Looks pretty fun if you ask me.

Finally we’ve got the logo, which looks as expected.

Never the less, I wonder what else is to be revealed in this game?  Will Reznor, Boom Boom or the Koopalings make a return?  Will other power ups like the Hammer Suit and Kuribo’s Shoe make a long awaited comeback?  It looks really good so far and definitely a game I intend to buy when it becomes available this year.

Wait, Kid Icarus Uprising news on Nintendo Direct?

Considering the game is already out in most/all regions, I have to wonder exactly what Nintendo is going to be saying about it at Nintendo Direct.  Because you see, Masahiro Sakurai said there’d be some news related to Kid Icarus Uprising on Twitter.  He said:

Nintendo Direct、『新・パルテナ』ネタもやります。お楽しみに! #NintendoDirect

Or ‘News about Kid Icarus Uprising to be announced at Nintendo Direct’, if you loosely figure it out from Google Translate.

But with the game already released, what is there to say about the game? My guess, something akin to one of these things:

  1. There’s downloadable content planned
  2. There’s a sequel planned for the Wii U some time in the future
  3. The game is going to get released in Korea/China/somewhere else (unlikely, it’s referring to the Japanese version of Nintendo Direct, and the Japanese don’t particularly care about video games from those countries)

Still, it’s an interesting situation, you don’t generally have ‘news’ or ‘information’ about already available Nintendo games shared at these events, do you? It’d be like if Nintendo said the conference was going to be about Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, people would wonder the what hell there is to discuss.

But what do you think will be mentioned regarding Kid Icarus Uprising at the conference/presentation tomorrow?

New Nintendo Direct this Saturday!

That’s been how many this year again?  But seriously, Nintendo of Europe have announced a Nintendo Direct presentation this time, and it takes place.. April 21st/tomorrow.

Not trying to be cynical here, but part of me is a tad suspicious about how many conferences and Nintendo Direct presentations Nintendo is holding recently.  It’s almost as if they’re desperate to keep the 3DS selling at high levels at all costs and don’t particularly trust the console’s line up of games to do the job.  But oh well.

Either that or someone presumably realised ‘oh crap, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Paper Mario are planned to come out fairly soon and we haven’t shown new footage for about 6 months’… Makes me wonder whether it’d be better if they had less presentations but made them far longer and contain far more information instead. But that’s just a thought I had.

Still Nintendo sent out the letters about it and it seems like there could be a few interesting things shown tomorrow.  Here’s hoping for actual information on either Luigi’s Mansion 2 or Paper Mario, since they haven’t been talked about for so long people have probably forgotten they actually exist.

What do you want to see at Nintendo Direct tomorrow?

Official Breath of Fire Pushmo Puzzles!

Released on Capcom’s Capcom Unity site by community manager and Games Radar reporter Brelston, these give you some pretty neat puzzles for Pushmo based on sprites from the classic RPG series Breath of Fire!

So if you like Breath of Fire or Pushmo (or even better, both), scan the codes below and you can try out these puzzles on your 3DS.  Have fun!

Note: If they’re too blurry, click the image and try again.  If that fails, see the versions in the source link.

Originally from here:

Edit: According to the comments, the puzzles were actually made by a user called ‘NukaCola’, and merely posted by Brelston.

Fire Emblem Awakening Screenshots

Since the official website for the game is now open, Nintendo have uploaded a ton of new screens of the game.  They can be seen below, and they look pretty nice I suppose.

All in all, the game looks pretty nice if I do so myself, a definite step above the earlier Fire Emblem games in graphics quality.  Also, riding dragons looks like a pretty neat thing to have in the game, although the giant birds in the other shots remind me way too much of the Chocobos from Final Fantasy…

Do you want to play Fire Emblem Awakening more after having seen those screenshots?